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The Incomplete Book of Running

Narrated by: Peter Sagal
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (276 ratings)
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Interview: Audio veteran Peter Sagal shares why his passion for running goes far beyond the physical.

Everything in my life changed and running was sort of this constant. It was something I could keep doing. Something I literally escaped to.

  • The Incomplete Book of Running
  • Everything in my life changed and running was sort of this constant. It was something I could keep doing. Something I literally escaped to.

Publisher's Summary

Peter Sagal, the host of NPR’s Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! and a popular columnist for Runner’s World, shares lessons, stories, advice, and warnings gleaned from running the equivalent of once around the Earth.

At the verge of turning 40, Peter Sagal - brainiac Harvard grad, short, bald Jew with a disposition toward heft, and a sedentary star of public radio - started running seriously. And much to his own surprise, he kept going, faster and further, running 14 marathons and logging tens of thousands of miles on roads, sidewalks, paths, and trails all over the US and the world, including the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he crossed the finish line moments before the bombings.

In this new audiobook, Sagal reflects on the trails, tracks, and routes he’s traveled, from the humorous absurdity of running charity races in his underwear - in St. Louis, in February - or attempting to “quiet his colon” on runs around his neighborhood - to the experience of running as a guide to visually impaired runners and the triumphant post-bombing running of the Boston Marathon in 2014. With humor and humanity, Sagal also writes about the emotional experience of running, body image, the similarities between endurance sports and sadomasochism, the legacy of running as passed down from parent to child, and the odd but extraordinary bonds created between strangers and friends. The result is a funny, wise, and powerful meditation about running and life that will appeal to listeners everywhere. 

©2018 Peter Sagal (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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First running book I actually enjoyed!

Great stories from a non elite athlete. Any runner will relate and non runners will be inspired. And it’s read by Peter Sagal.

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Brian

Runner or not this is a great book and best as audio as Peter Sagal has a bit of experience behind the microphone. It puts running into perspective from the joys to stomach trouble. I was hooked within the first story of Boston and breezes through the remainder. I was saddened that it had to end, just like a runner might feel when the training is over and the race has ended. I wait for the next book Peter!

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Loved it.

This book taught me a thing or two about life and running, and it was funny. I didnt know what to expect before I started the book, but I really enjoyed it.

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Inspiring and heartfelt.

It’s been a long time since I felt I really connected to an author and his story. Mr. Sagan’s book has helped me breakthrough a few of my own barriers and begin down the road becoming a marathon runner.
I highly recommend this book to anyone stuck in a rut and desires to change drastically for the better.

On a less serious note this book was entertaining in that it referenced a few works from others that I looked into and found a deeper understanding and appreciation for this work. He’s honest, real, and worth listening to.

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Loved it

Great book. I enjoyed hearing about the personal transformation of the author throughout his life and what running meant to him at these various points in time. This book has inspired me to run and hopefully experience a transformation of mind body and soul like the authors.

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Fabulous

One of the best things you can listen to on Audible. If you are a runner, the book is doubly fabulous. Highly recommended!

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Best book I have read in a long time.

Being a runner that started in my 40's I totally identify with this book. His story telling ability is awesome and having him read the book feels like I am listening to a 5 hour wait wait don't tell.me episode.

Awesome book, Awesome topic.

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Fun and Inspirational!

This book is encouraging for multiple aspects of life. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Peter Sagal present his funny and insightful overview of life, marriage, divorce, and the ongoing personal adventure of becoming who we are. Oh yeah, and there's stuff about running.

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LUGARES COMUNES...

para este libro me Fue suficiente un día para las vacaciones y encontré muchos lugares comunes dado que también fui corredor un tiempo y tuve la fortuna y el privilegio determinar varios maraton entonces lo que describe el autor es bien comprensible y además tenemos otros elementos en común como es el haber tenido un programa de radio y escribir para publicaciones del tema del atletismo no lo recomendaría

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runners will love this...

...especially if they are also fans of NPR's Wait Wait don't Tell Me radio show.

I've known that PS was a runner, but hearing him relate his marathon experiences and those of an aging runner resonate with me. he tells his own story with wit and directness that draws out empathy. this was a really satisfying audio book!